St. Michael's Manor has been owned by the Newling Ward family since 1965 and during this time has been run by grandfather, father and son. The current General Manager, Richard Marrett, joined the team in March 2011 bringing a wealth of experience from the hotel industry.
Located in the historic St Michael's district of St. Albans, close to Veralum, with its 70 listed buildings, old inns and mills, the hotel is sited within five acres of its own manicured gardens and backs on to the river Ver - the origin of the Roman name for St Albans - and Verulamium Park. The park continues up to the magnificent Abbey and is a mere ten minutes walk from the hotel.
An original house can be traced to the site circa 1530, laid on medieval foundations, which themselves can be traced back to the 11th Century. Parts of the original flooring are still evident in the cellars today. The current house was built by John Gape in 1585, a well respected Tanner and prominent figure in the city, and continued to be owned by his descendants up until it was purchased by the Newling Wards.
For the last four decades the family has taken pride in sympathetically restoring, renovating and improving the house and gardens to the highest standard.
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